As President Muhammadu Buhari visits Lagos State today, there is a nostalgic feeling. Unlike 33 years ago when the tall, dignified, fierce-looking General called the shots from Dodan Barracks, Ikoyi, he is now the symbol Democracy visiting his old base and the former Federal Capital City. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU captures the expectations of the people of the Centre of Excellence that has suffered much neglect, following the re-location of the capital to Abuja in 1976.

Lagosians will roll out the drums today to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a two-day visit to the state. Cultural groups from Awori, Eyo masquerades from Isale-Eko and the singing train of women and youths from Badagry, the tourist centre, will unite to give the Commander-in-Chief a befitting welcome. People will line up the streets from the airport to the Iga-Idunganran, the palace of the Eleko, waving their hands and brooms, the symbol of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC).

The President is not only in town for festivities. He is the chairman of the colloquium marking the 66th birthday of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He will have a busy schedule in the Centre of Excellence. As the guest of the dynamic and hardworking Governor Akinwumi Ambode, he is expected to commission some projects that are of far-reaching importance to the people. Last year, Lagosians were disappointed when the president cancelled his planned visit to the metropolis. He was  expected to commission…

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